HGTV Urban Oasis 2011: Foyer Pictures

A warm and inviting entrance capitalizes on the apartment's outstanding views of Chicago's skyline.

From the front door, 5-inch-wide maple plank flooring leads to the unit’s living room, which boasts enviable views of the Chicago skyline. “I want to create this warm place that’s going to greet you every time you walk through the front door, a warm place to be received,” says interior designer Vern Yip.

Inspired by architectural photographer Julius Schulman and the midcentury-modern school of architecture, Vern designed the powder room to serve as a foil to the unit’s Prairie School-inspired design elements.

A bold, geometric vessel sink doubles as artwork in the space; a floating vanity offers one drawer of storage for linens and toiletries.

The water-saving lavatory faucet echoes the design of the city’s modern architecture

Polished chrome bathroom accessories sparkle against glass and stone mosaic tile.

An elongated, water-saving toilet complements the bathroom’s other linear design features.

Wall-to-wall linear mosaic tile references the design of backsplash tile in the kitchen.

A sleek, midcentury-modern wall sconce in polished chrome pops against a wall of linear stone and glass tile. “Chicago is not just rooted in the past,” says Vern. “It’s very contemporary, and the powder room is an homage to the more contemporary side of Chicago.”

Looks can be deceiving in the diminutive powder room, where louvered doors open to reveal a space devoted to laundry and storage.

A stackable washer and dryer boast water and energy savings, respectively. Six shelves of storage space accommodate linens, towels and laundry supplies.

The unit comes complete with a Shark® Navigator™ Lift-Away®, which is stored in the foyer closet. The lightweight vacuum features superior portability and powerful suction that remains constant.

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